A former female teacher at a private Christian school in Alabama in USA, Mrs. Charli Parker, accused of having sex with two underage male students has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to one charge.
The 31-year-old Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison, though she would only serve three years, followed by five years of probation.
Parker, who was the head coach for the girls’ basketball team and taught physical education at Pickens Academy, had sex 11 times with one of the students at her home and in a cemetery between October 2014 and March 2016.
Parker must also follow the state’s sex offender law and cannot have contact with the victim.
She was arrested in March and indicted on 13 counts of a school employee having sex with a student under the age of 19.
The constitutionality of the state’s teacher-student sex law is currently under appeal.
Although the student’s name was redacted from official documents, authorities previously said her victim was male.
Not long after Parker’s arrest, her husband Jamie, who also taught at the school and was the boys’ basketball coach, was charged with having sex with a female student.
“There needs to be a definitive line drawn in the sand that makes a statement to the public that this behaviour will not be tolerated,” Chief Assistant Pickens County District Attorney Andy Hamlin told WBRC.
“Nobody wants to see their kids going through something like that. I have tried three or four of those cases in the last year and it’s hard on the kids and it’s hard on the parents,” said Hamlin.
Parker has been ordered to begin serving her sentence on Sept. 11, while her husband’s case is set for trial on Nov. 27.